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Late last night, President Trump made an announcement that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States. There were few details about when the executive order would go into effect or how it would be enforced. However, the President did state that his motivation for this decision was based on protecting jobs.
As it stands, the United States leads the world in total COVID-19 cases. In fact, we’re exporting coronavirus to nations like Mexico and Haiti through the people we’ve been deporting.
Why This Matters: Immigration was already essentially ground to a halt. As CNN explained, refugee resettlement has been put on hold, visa offices are largely closed and citizenship ceremonies aren’t happening. Therefore this move can’t be seen as anything but yet another attempt by President Trump to deflect blame for his handling of the crisis and to offer up red meat for his base. Blaming immigrants for the woes of the U.S. economy is an old play from the President’s playbook unfortunate as it may be.
NPR White House reporter Geoff Bennett said it best:
Immigration was already functionally shut down.
The WH had closed the U.S.-Canada border and started deporting asylum-seekers without due process.
International air travel has largely been suspended.
Protest Optics: As the Washington Post reported, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll published Monday found that most Americans disagree with protesters who are demanding an end to stay-at-home orders. The poll showed that 71 percent of respondents were more concerned about lifting lockdowns too quickly.
What About Vaccines?: As Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, a vaccine for COVID-19 is likely still 18 months or more away. However, the World Health Organization warned that even once a vaccine is developed, manufacturing and distributing it will be an immense challenge. One that we must prepare for now.
Jane Goodall’s Wishes: As the Hill reported, British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall said that she hopes a global movement of people calling for clean air will result from the global coronavirus outbreak, which has emptied cities of traffic.
This week we sat down with Tom Steyer who is currently serving as the co-chair of California’s Task Force on Business and Jobs Recovery. We asked him about how California is handling the COVID-19 recovery and how the state can continue to be a climate leader despite the hit to its budget. Some excerpts: […]
President Trump decided this week to take on Twitter. It’s just another distraction. He wants to us to forget all the lives the pandemic cost, all the pollution his policies have caused, and all the ways he has undermined the public’s faith in government. Tweet on. The truth matters. Even on Twitter.
In a well-researched and thorough story, Vox reporter David Roberts explains why Democrats should finally be hopeful that the numerous factions and “green groups” that make up the Democratic coalition are coming into alignment on climate change policy and that this growing sense of unity bodes well not only for the election but also for governing in the event that Democrats retake the White House.
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